Taiwan leader expects successor to value 1992 Consensus

Cross-Strait relations over the past seven years have been the most stable and peaceful of the past 66 years.

In his New Year’s Day speech, Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou says he hopes cross-Strait policies of the island’s next leader will continue in the right direction, following pragmatic and effective policies implemented for the past seven years.

During a landmark meeting with President Xi Jinping in Singapore on Nov. 7, the two sides agreed that the 1992 Consensus is the political foundation of cross-Strait relations.

Ma adds that any Taiwan leader should uphold the consensus and work hard to maintain it.

He expects the next leader will handle the matter with wisdom and appropriate caution so that Taiwan’s people will not suffer more turmoil or fear.

The election of the Taiwan leader is scheduled for Jan. 16. Ma will finish his term in May.

Cross-Strait relations have made favorable progress since 2008.

During 11 rounds of cross-Strait talks, the two sides reached 23 agreements, including lifting bans on direct shipping, air transport and postal services in 2008, and the long-awaited Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement in 2010.

The leaders from both sides of the Taiwan Strait met for the first time in 66 years at the November meeting.

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